Taking a few minutes to share the Scottie dog Christmas ornament tree that’s set up in a corner of one of the guest bedrooms.
It was the last of my holiday decorating; completed just in time for our sons arrival home this past weekend.
Do you have pet themed ornaments decorating your Christmas tree?
After losing our first Sweet Scottie Dog Fibber McGee, two Decembers ago, my dog theme holiday decorations have been mostly packed away.
Last season, I was in a boot and using a scooter because of foot surgery. So that really limited the amount of Christmas decorating I could do. However, thanks to Mr. Buzz, our home was festively decorated with the more “essential” indoor and outdoor elements. Although the live tree was decorated in the family room, the other three artificial theme trees stayed in storage.
Now, with a new puppy celebrating his first birthday and enlivening our home this season, it was a real joy decorating the small tree again with Scottie dog Christmas ornaments.
Think of it as this year’s holiday card from me to you!
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Mad for Plaid & Scottish Terriers
During the holidays, all kinds of Scottie dog motif merchandise is often available in stores. My theory is that because so many people are mad for Scottish plaids, that it carries over to Scottish Highland Terriers with their distinctive silhouette.
In addition to tableware, pillows and blankets, I have an extensive Christmas clothing collection of pajamas, slippers, socks, sweaters, scarves, tassel hat, and jewelry decorated with Scottie dogs. Although many were given to me as gifts, I confess to being helpless when I see something in the stores.
Scottie moms tend to go a little crazy with their figure collections. I’m tame compared to most lol! Maybe because I have so many holiday collections — vintage, peacocks, Santa Claus, and a North Pole village.
Love My Scottie Boys
Shortly after Fibber passed, I purchased three plaid frame ornaments (Pottery Barn) with a heart-shape photo cutout.
Then I inserted a favorite picture of Fibber in the frames. That Christmas Eve, we hung an ornament on the family tree, while the boys each took another home as a keepsake.
A nice way to remember our beloved buddy who so loved Christmas. Believe it or not, Fibber aways anticipated receiving new toys, and recognized the gifts packaged in Scottie and plaid decorated bags as his.
This year, I’ll be adding a photo frame ornament with Glenfiddich “Whiskey” to the tree. He was born last year on the anniversary of Fibber’s passing. How about that? We brought him home in February.
Both boys have those iconic Scottie ears, bushy eyebrows, beards and fur “kilt,” but also are distinctively different in their coloring.
Fibber (“surfing” on a miniature Radio Flyer wagon) had a black coat. Whiskey is a brindle, with lots of gray, blond and brown fur mixed in with black.
They also share feisty and fun Scottish Highland Terrier characteristics. Yet for all the ways they are alike, each dog has a distinct and unique personality.
Learn more about Whiskey in; Preparing for a Puppy: Favorite Dog Supplies & Toys, and Energetic & Playful Scottie Puppy: 6 Month Update.
Since then, he’s been neutered and microchipped. After attending another dog training class, Whiskey earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. Depending on the status of the pandemic, I hope to begin agility or rally classes with him this winter.
For the holiday season, I’ve pulled out Fibber’s mitten-shaped stocking, and plaid or argyle print sweaters, blankets, collar and leash for Whiskey.
Trimming the Tree
Initially, I had some difficulty locating a small white artificial tree to display my Scottie dog Christmas ornament collection.
At just four-feet tall, the little tree is the perfect size for our guest bedroom. It’s pre-wired with white lights, and easy to setup and store.
Also in the room, are black and white buffalo print curtains, with matching duvet and pillow shams (Pottery Barn) on the large, queen-size black poster bed (Ethan Allen, found at local resale shop).
2023 Update: I just received an Ethan Allen promotional booklet that had a beautiful photo spread featuring the bed! Finding it in a resale shop, I just assumed it was not longer sold. Instead, I discovered the Quincy Bed is available in eight colors/finishes. A queen sized bed in black, like mine, retails for $3,240, on sale at 20% off for $2592. Now, I am even more thrilled with my find at the local resale shop, where I purchased it for $400, delivered!
During the holiday season, I make the bed up with Santa Claus sheets (Pottery Barn Kids), and add Scottie pillows, blanket and throws.
Black Scotties disappear against the dark green branches of a traditional Christmas tree. However, hanging on a white tree, the decorations pop.
Because a traditional skirt would be too large for the small tree, I drape a festive Scottie dog print fabric around its base. One of these years, I hope to use the fabric to sew a real tree skit.
A few holiday boxes depicting Scotties sit around the tree. Larger boxes with Scottie prints sit under the live tree in the family room. My mom made a beautiful plaid skirt with a Scottie dog applique for that tree.
Sitting under the white tree is a stuffed bear snuggling a little Scottie puppy. Cuddling a Scottie on my lap is one of my favorite things to do too!
Small balls, ribbon and other decorations in red also pop against the white branches and a black Scottie dog silhouette.
The little red painted balls were part of a Martha Stewart holiday collection at Kmart years ago. Martha must have a “thing” for Scotties, because the past few years I’ve purchased Scottie theme pillows and blankets that carry her brand label at Macy’s.
Wired red ribbon decorated with little figures is from the same collection. I use it as garland on the Scottie dog Christmas ornament tree.
Handmade Felt Ornaments
I have a number of Scottie ornaments made of felt found at a local gift boutique/vintage shop (closed several years ago).
They are handmade and beautifully detailed with embroidery, beads, and/or tiny bells.
The owner had three Scotties she kept in her office while she worked at the store. She had me bring Fibber in to play with her similarly aged new puppy who was a rescue.
And, gave me a really generous discount on the somewhat expensive ornaments.
I bought them over a two-year period, including a large felt Scottie dog head that serves as the tree topper.
Over the years, I’ve also been fortunate to receive Scottie dog ornaments as gifts.
This little guy is made of black leather (Ralph Lauren) and was on the outside of a wrapped Christmas gift from my eldest son.
Next is a hand-painted Scottie inside a glass ball (Etsy). It was a gift from a thoughtful co-worker.
Finally, here is my favorite Scottie dog Christmas ornament. A very thoughtful and special gift.
Last year, the family portrait ball was commissioned (Etsy) by our eldest son’s girlfriend.
Although V had never met Fibber, she knew how special he was to our family and how much we missed him.
So, she sent the artist this family picture from our trip to Iceland; standing in front of a glacial lagoon.
Then, the artist painted Fibber into the scene. On the top of the ball it says, “Fibber’s Fam.” Isn’t that sweet?
V was delighted to see the ornament in a place of honor on the decorated tree in the guest room.
Which Scottie dog Christmas ornament is your favorite?
Making Merry Plans in Flux
Both our sons, V and Bentley (my youngest son’s lab) all arrived safely over the weekend. We braved the cold and attended the Steeler football game on Sunday afternoon. Later that evening we decorated the tree, while munching on cookies and drinking eggnog.
Last night was an evening at Phipps Conservatory for its Magical Winter Flower & Light Show. Afterwards we went to a local craft brewery.
Unfortunately, our big night attending the Penguins vs Flyers hockey game is cancelled. Instead, we will put Home Alone on the TV, while building an incredible Lego set of the Home Alone house — a gift from our eldest. They just cancelled Hip Hop Nutcracker on Dec 30th too — darn! We’ll have to see what happens with the magic show performances this Sunday.
Together Time is Best Gift of All
I keep reminding myself that what’s important is that we are all together for two weeks. That we are all fully vaccinated and boosted. We have lots of great games and holiday puzzles to keep us busy.
Plus, V is cooking several Asian and Vietnamese Dishes. The guys are going to smoke a ham (Using a Smoker Grill Enhances Meals & More). And we’re all going to make homemade pasta another night. On New Years we’ll probably fondue.
Check out, Family Pasta Making, Smoked Ham & Asian Dishes meal gathering ideas — all year long.
The dogs are settling into a routine, and Bentley is now joining my husband and V on their four-mile runs.
Would love to hear how everyone is doing. Drop me a comment if you can — they brighten my day!
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.
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